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Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar. Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
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So, such, enough, too

06:19 | Apr 30th

"There was such a long queue for coffee!" Learn how to use intensifiers.
-ing and -ed clauses

06:10 | Apr 23rd

Join Callum and Catherine for a lesson on participle clauses.
The future perfect

06:10 | Apr 16th

Callum and Finn look at different uses of the future perfect verb form.
Linking devices of contrast

06:17 | Apr 9th

Learn about the words and phrases we can use to link contrasting ideas together.
Conditionals review

06:09 | Apr 2nd

Join Callum and Finn as they review four different types of conditionals.
Used to, be used to and get used to

06:10 | Mar 26th

Callum and Catherine explain and demonstrate the different way these verbs are used.
The future continuous and 'be' plus infinitive

06:08 | Mar 19th

Callum and Catherine discuss two different ways of talking about the future.
Adverb position

06:02 | Jan 29th

We talk about the three positions where adverbs usually go when used with verbs.
Past perfect continuous

06:12 | Jan 22nd

Learn a tense to talk about something that was happening before another event in the past
Comparatives and superlatives

06:12 | Jan 15th

Listen to 6 Minute Grammar - the best way to learn about comparatives and superlatives!
Active and passive voice

06:17 | Jan 8th

Finn wants to talk but Catherine keeps hitting him! Find out why in this 6 Minute Grammar

06:19 | Oct 30th, 2018

Finn and Catherine talk about 'both', 'every', all', 'each', 'either' and 'neither'.
Present perfect continuous

06:11 | Oct 23rd, 2018

It's time to learn all about this verb form with Neil and Catherine.
Present tenses

06:08 | Oct 16th, 2018

We take a look at the present simple, present continuous and present perfect tenses.
Can, could, be able to

06:17 | Oct 9th, 2018

Learn key words and phrases to talk about ability in the present and the past.
'Used to' and 'would'

06:02 | Oct 2nd, 2018

How to use 'used to' and 'would' to talk about things we did regularly in the past.
Talking about the future

06:36 | Sep 25th, 2018

How to talk about the future with 'will', 'going to', 'might' and 'be likely to'.
Question tags

06:31 | Sep 18th, 2018

What do question tags mean and what do we use them for? We can explain, can't we?
Present perfect and past simple

06:37 | Sep 11th, 2018

Catherine and Neil talk about unusual food and give you rules to help you choose tenses.
State verbs

06:46 | Sep 4th, 2018

Is it ever OK to say "I'm loving your work"? Neil and Catherine look at state verbs.
Second conditional

06:12 | Aug 28th, 2018

We talk about unreal or imaginary situations using the second conditional.
First Conditional

06:10 | Aug 21st, 2018

Neil, Sophie and Catherine teach you how to use the first conditional.

06:07 | Jul 31st, 2018

Neil and Catherine go on a 'tense tour' of six very important English tenses.
Too, very and enough

06:06 | Jul 24th, 2018

Rob and Catherine go shopping to help you learn about the words too, very and enough!
Subject questions

06:18 | Jul 17th, 2018

Learn how to form questions when you want to ask about a subject or an object.
Used to

06:07 | Jul 10th, 2018

Neil and Catherine help you learn about using the phrase 'used to' to talk about the past
May, might and could

06:08 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Sophie and Neil talk about how to use the words may, might and could.
Defining relative clauses

06:10 | Jun 26th, 2018

This is the episode of 6 Minute Grammar that will help you understand relative clauses!
Just, already and yet with the present perfect tense

06:10 | Jun 19th, 2018

Finn and Alice discuss the present perfect with just, already and yet.
Comparatives and superlatives

06:13 | Jun 12th, 2018

Who is the tallest - Rob or Sophie? Find out about comparatives and superlatives.
More present perfect

06:09 | Jun 5th, 2018

Neil and Sophie talk about the use of the present perfect with 'for' and 'since'
Present Perfect

06:10 | May 29th, 2018

Finn and Alice use the words 'ever' and 'never' to talk about life experiences.
Verb patterns

06:02 | May 22nd, 2018

When is a verb followed by a gerund - and when is it followed by an infinitive?
Present continuous and 'going to'

06:05 | May 15th, 2018

Emma, Finn and Rob talk about the future.

06:07 | May 8th, 2018

Rob and Emma explore 'the', 'a' and 'an'.
Used to and be/get used to

06:10 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Catherine and Callum explain the difference between 'used to' and 'be used to'
Future continuous and be + infinitive

06:08 | Jan 16th, 2018

Callum and Catherine have a couple of ways of talking about the future
Phrasal verbs: types 1, 2, 3, 4

06:16 | Jan 9th, 2018

Callum and Catherine discuss four different types of phrasal verb
Narrative tenses

06:14 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Catherine saw a monkey in a tree on her way to work today. Hear more about this story and find out how to use narrative tenses
Defining and non-defining relative clauses

06:09 | Dec 20th, 2017

Callum and Catherine explore the topic of relative clauses. You'll learn about defining and non-defining relative clauses and the relative pronouns we use with them
Future tenses

06:14 | Dec 12th, 2017

Finn and Catherine use 'will', 'going to', 'might' and 'be likely to', to talk about the future
The definite article with abstract uncountable nouns

06:09 | Dec 5th, 2017

Join Callum, Catherine and Finn as they talk through this topic
Adverb position

06:02 | Nov 28th, 2017

Callum and Catherine talk about the three positions where adverbs usually go when used with verbs. They explain where to put adverbs when used with modals, questions and negatives
Past perfect continuous

06:12 | Nov 21st, 2017

Do you want to talk about past events that happened before other past events? The past perfect continuous can help. Find out more with Neil and Catherine
Comparatives and superlatives

06:12 | Nov 14th, 2017

Learn about comparatives and superlatives - and find out why Catherine had a terrible journey to work this morning
Active and passive voice

06:17 | Nov 7th, 2017

Finn wants to talk about English grammar – but Catherine keeps hitting him! Find out why and learn about the active and passive voices
Future tenses

06:10 | Aug 1st, 2017

Finn & Catherine use will, going to, might and be likely to, to talk about the future
Question tags

06:05 | Jul 25th, 2017

We look at how you can turn statements into questions.
Present perfect and past simple

06:04 | Jul 18th, 2017

Have you ever eaten insects? Catherine and Neil talk about unusual food and give you 3 rules to help you choose between the present perfect and past simple tenses
State verbs

06:15 | Jul 11th, 2017

Is it ever ok to say 'I'm loving your work'? If you're still unsure about the difference between state verbs and action verbs, listen on